23 days
Duration
6/10
Physicality
12+
Age
8 Days
Hotel Nights
Karakoram Range
Location
2880 meters
Maximum Altitude
14 days
Camping Nights

If you are interested in seeing the mighty Karakorams from the north, then you must visit Shimshal. This last remnant of true Hunza culture exists near Pakistan’s Pamir east of the town of Passu in upper Hunza valley. Our walk begins at Dut and we reach the remote village of Shimshal in about three days of trekking. At each step we are amazed how a path has been carved in this deep and narrow ravine on the way to Shimshal. The reason why Shimshal was located in such an out-of-the-way place is because this is where the Mir (ruler) of Hunza used to send his people who were found guilty of crimes and also those who he just did not like!Shimshalis now are a proud and hardy folk. Their hospitality is legendary and the natural beauty that they inhabit makes us feel that perhaps the Mir sentenced them to heaven, not hell!
Our trek now veers northwards from Shimshal and we enter the lovely and remote Ghujerab valley. Here we cross the Boesam Pass and the Chapchingiol Pass to reach the trail head at Kuksel. This is where we meet the KKH and our jeeps which will transport us back to Hunza.
The trek from Shimshal to Kuksel takes us into a very remote area and gives us a chance to see some of the endangered wildlife in the Khunjerab National Park. If we are lucky we may be able to observe Markhor, Ibex, Marco polo,  Sheep and even the elusive magnificent Snow Leopard. This is ideal high Pamir meadow country strewn with thousands of colorful flowers. This is a tough trek and ropes are provided for various river crossings and as aid at other steep places.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Islamabad
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Airfare Accommodations
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED
Entrance fees
Guide gratuity

Additional information

Best SeasonLate May to early October
Trek StatusNormal
Day 1

Departure

Arrival in Islamabad
Day 2

Air ride

Fly to Gilgit
Day 3

Road Journey

Drive to Passu
Day 4

Trek

Dut
Day 5

Trek

Ziarat
Day 6

Trek

Malunguti
Day 7

Trek

Shimshal
Day 8

Rest Day

Shimshal
Day 9

Trek

Zardgarben
Day 10

Trek

Jaffar Wasshk
Day 11

Trek

Hindjerab
Day 12

Trek

Wierben
Day 13

Trek

Chapchingiol Valley
Day 14

Trek

Chapchingiol High Camp
Day 15

Trek

Kuksel Valley
Day 16

Trek

Kuksel Springs
Day 17

Rest Day

Kuksel Spring
Day 18

Dive

Karimabad
Day 19

Road Journey

Gilgit
Day 20

Drive

Besham
Day 21

Rest Day

Islamabad
Day 22

Return

Flight to home
shimshal trek

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